A certificate does not indicate employability. That much has been realized thanks to the overflowing pool of unemployed graduates in the country. Whether you pass through school or you let school pass through you, you must be willing to constantly refine and sharpen your all-round skills and knowledge to meet up with the present standards required by any work place. This applies also to entrepreneurship. You must have a certain standard to show, yourself, before even imagining to ask for these same standards from employees.
9 ways to build your CV are shown below. Before you go on, remember that the best time to start these things is NOW and that it requires consistency even after you do get the job.
- Start small: Be willing to work small jobs during holidays. This will develop your people skills. No matter what kind of job you end up working, you will always need to interact with different kinds of people. Get a head start on this by working wherever you can (even if it doesn’t relate to your intended field of work). Experience is found everywhere.
- Tech skills: This is key in this day and age. The world revolves around technology and you must not be left out. Familiarize yourself with the internet, computers, printers, scanners, the likes. Understand how to profitably use social media, learn photoshop (picture and video editing in general), this is always a big plus.
- Communication skills: Sharpen your English; spoken and written. Learn another language, local or foreign. It will give you an edge.
- Read: “Study to show thyself approved…”. Even the Bible supports the habit of studying. It is what you study that will certify what you know. Read in school, read out of school. Read on your course, read outside it. Read every day. There is too much too know and there is someone who always knows something you don’t. You must give yourself the advantage of knowing what the next man does not know. This is what sets you apart.
- Character development: Your reputation precedes you. Learn to be understanding, to tolerate people. Gossip, trouble making, nobody wants to hire anyone with those characters. Since your words become your actions and so on, “Whatever is good, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable, anything excellent and worthy of praise, think about these things” and they will manifest as your character.
- Research: Have where you want to work in mind and plan towards this specifically. Gather facts about that industry or organization, stay current on these facts. If you always know what’s happening, making necessary changes whenever necessary will not be a problem.
- Participate in a club or society: More so, have a leading role in said club or society. Any impression of possessing leadership skills will attract more attention towards your CV and will give a notion of being able to handle various situations well.
- Network with professionals: No one knows a business better than those in it. Reach out to them through seminars and the likes. You will learn from listening to their experiences and advice.
- Maintain good grades at school: Your result will determine a lot after school. Employers will always look at you grades no matter how much work you’ve put in elsewhere. Make sure your grades can back up whatever hard work you have.
Are there other tips you have? Please share your thoughts in the comment section.
Written by Lois Samari.